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June 18, 2018

Port of Long Beach had the busiest May in its 107-year history

The Port of Long Beach announced that it had the busiest May in its 107-year history, as dockworkers handled 687,427 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containerized cargo, an increase of 6 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

Imports increased 7.3 percent last month to 361,056 TEUs. Exports totaled 142,412 TEUs, up 19.9 percent, while empty containers decreased 4.6 percent, to 183,959 TEUs. Through the first five months of the year, the Port has moved 3.2 million TEUs, 14.6 percent above last year's pace.

"International trade continues to be a thriving part of the economy, and cargo continues to flow across our docks as we focus on delivering goods quickly, efficiently and at a good cost," said Harbor Commission President Lou Anne Bynum. "We look forward to a robust peak season this summer and fall." West Coast seaports are typically busier in the summer months as retailers stock up for the holidays.

Source: Port of Long Beach